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Mayors from Arizona and Sonora have selected Puerto Peñasco as host site for the 2015 Mega Ari-Son Regional meeting, to be held in March of next year.
During a recent gathering of the Ari-Son Binational Board, Puerto Peñasco was chosen to be the site where Mayors from both sides of the border will meet, with an expected higher turnout than in the previous two meetings.
Puerto Peñasco Mayor Gerardo Figueroa Zazueta praised his counterparts for having selected Puerto Peñasco to host this important meeting, which seeks to strengthen this corridor in the area of commerce, employment, investment, and more.
“Hopefully Puerto Peñasco is prepared, because I just learned that we will ALL go,” expressed Nogales, Sonora Mayor Ramón Guzmán, who is also President of the Sonoran Mayors’ Association.
At least 20 Mayors from both sides of the border participated in the recent Binational Board, which emphasized the need by the next gathering to firm up development projects of administrations from various cities.
At the meeting, Puerto Peñasco was presented as much more than beautiful beaches provided that it has become an important development spot for investment. We can see this as reflected in the first phase of construction on the Home Port, which includes the investment of federal resources of more than 192 million pesos.
One of the objectives of the Mega Region gathering is to establish an organizational framework at the state level to connect both regions, while creating a regional block that contributes at a binational level with other levels of government and competes in the global economy.
Other objectives include that of facilitating and implementing binational regional projects, transportation, infrastructure and economic development, as well as to focus on fundamental commercial connections within this corridor of the mega region, in order to improve local and regional economies.
Those present at the recent Binational Board meeting included Arizona mayors from Phoenix, Somerton, Yuma, Douglas, Youngtown, Nogales and Clarkdale, as well as Sonoran mayors from Nogales, Agua Prieta, Altar, San Pedro de la Cueva, Benito Juárez, San Javier and Puerto Peñasco, among others.